Description: Scottish-born sculptor Alexander Milne Calder (1846-1923) and Louis Wagner (1838-1914), the Pennsylvania Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, signed this album page in pencil on October 18, 1887. Calder and Wagner probably signed this page at the dedication of Calder's statue of General G. Gordon Meade in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
Alexander Milne Calder, grandfather to the famous 20th century sculptor, Alexander Calder (1898-1976), was a sculptor who is best known for his architectural sculptures on Philadelphia City Hall. The commission required more than 250 marble and bronze pieces and took Calder twenty years to complete. He is particularly known for the 37-foot tall bronze statue of William Penn which was installed in 1894 and is still the largest portrait sculpture atop any structure in the world.
Louis Wagner was a German-born American military officer who served in the Union Army during the Civil War as part of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry. He was wounded in action at the Second Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Chancellorsville. He commanded Camp William Penn, the first U.S. Army training camp for African American soldiers and was eventually promoted to colonel and served as commander of the 5th Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard.
Album page measures: 4” x 6”. Item #A01164
Condition: Very good condition.